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Statement by An Taoiseach on the death of Big Tom McBride


"I was very saddened to hear of the death of Big Tom this morning.

Big Tom was certainly a giant in Irish country music for over 50 years.

With his band the Mainliners, he filled dance halls the length and breadth of the country. His songs were a reflection of Irish life and an important connection for the Irish diaspora.

Not many people are known by their first name, but that was Big Tom. It shows his popularity and legendary status as the king of Irish country music.

I want to extend my condolences to his family and his huge army of fans."